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Euro Surveill. 2012 May 31;17(22). pii: 20184.

Travellers returning with measles from Thailand to Finland, April 2012: infection control measures.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Helsinki, Finland. anu.kantele@hus.fi


Countries with no autochthonous measles run the risk of the virus being imported by travellers and transmitted to unprotected citizens. In April 2012, two travellers from Finland and one from Estonia were diagnosed with measles after returning from Phuket, Thailand. They were contagious on their return flights and subsequently exposed several individuals, prompting extensive infection control measures. Two secondary cases were detected: one child who had received one vaccine dose and another who was fully vaccinated.

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